EDITORS’ PICK

Something Beyond our Perception

OPEN CALL

Open Call Editors’ Pick

Following Alison Morley’s selection of winning images for our OPEN CALL theme, this compilation of 20 images, selected by the Life Framer editors represents some of the other talented photographers whose work struck us and left a mark. Each a stunning image worthy of exposure and attention…

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BANNER IMAGE COURTESY OF MAX STURGEON
www.flickr.com/maxs@msturgeon

IMAGE COURTESY OF ALEX BARTSCH
www.alexbartsch.com / @alex.bartsch

“Covers is a project that documents record covers that were photographed in cities around the world. After years of painstaking research I have identified and photographed more than 100 sleeves in their original locations, holding them up at arms-length to blend in with their surroundings decades later. Presented in this way the images document the passing of time and provide a fascinating insight into the musical culture in each country.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF STEFANO CAROTENUTO
www.stefanocarotenuto.it / @stefcarotenu

IMAGE COURTESY OF ADAM BORMAN
www.adamborman.com / @bormanadam

IMAGE COURTESY OF EVGENY NUZHAEV
www.silodka.ch / @silodka.ch

IMAGE COURTESY OF DANIELA RADIC
www.danielaradic.com

“Portraits of olive trees. I come from an island in Croatia named Brac which is famous for its olivehaines. My family, like almost every other family on the island has its own olivehain that has been taken care of for generations. Every time I’m there I photograph the olive trees but somehow my portraits never really represented the amazing trees and what they stand for. They are so essential to the people – strong, adaptable, resilient and proud. They mean life. It wasn’t until my first Reiki course where I learnt to feel and connect to the energy of all the things around me. When I connected to the olive trees with my hands I truly felt their energy and I suddenly knew how I was going to photograph them. Using the art of light-painting I followed their energy.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF OLGA RABETSKAYA
www.olgarabetskaya.com / @olya_rabetskaya

“Being a choreographer I work with body a lot. I know how it can be painful and beautiful at the same time. Sometimes it tells me much more than the person can themelves.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF JULIETTE CASSIDY
www.juliettecassidy.com / @juliettecassidy

IMAGE COURTESY OF BEATRIZ MINGUEZ DE MOLINA
www.minguezdemolina.com / @beatriz_minguezdemolina

IMAGE COURTESY OF OMER MESSINGER

IMAGE COURTESY OF JOACHIM HILDEBRAND
www.joachim-hildebrand.de / @joachim_hildebrand

“The series Allemagne mon Amour is about central places and spaces of everyday life in my homeland of Germany. In these places the residents spend their free time, live out their individuality, or at least strive for some privacy. Here the next generation grows up. The interventions of the inhabitants in their environment are central factors for the atmosphere and the aura of these places. They give us together with the traces of life which are there as it were stored a variety of information. They tell us something about the inhabitants even if you do not see anybody.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF CHRISTOPH MONTBELLI
www.christoph-montebelli.com

“From my series Where are the Leaves we Cut? Our century will be the century of the African city. No other continent will experience faster urbanization and we expect that the first city with 100 million inhabitants will be in Africa. The following series is an excerpt from an on-going long-term project on eight African cities. Abidjan in Ivory Coast is one of Africa’s fascinating mega-cities. Its ambitions are reflected in epithets such as the Paris of Africa or the Manhattan of Africa. With its shiny boutiques and glass skyscrapers but also conflicts between rich and poor and tradition and modernity, it shares the same contrasts as many other metropolises around the world. These contrasts are all the more impressive as one approaches Abidjan from the savannah, with its evergreen fauna and fiery red soil, its villages with palm thatch roofs and large termite mounds. Its very own name reminds us indeed of the city’s modest origins – ‘Tchan mbi djan’ means ‘I have just cut leaves’.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF SYLVIA KONIOR
www.konior.be / @sylviakonior

IMAGE COURTESY OF ELLIOTT PETENBRINK
www.elliotpetenbrink.info / @elliotpetenbrink

“Perception. As a photographer and creative this holds the most value. From the unworldly eyes of a feral cat, to an overlooked mailbox by the sea, or to the glorified American diet. No matter the medium we choose to deliver, perception is what separates us. While this isn’t a definitive series per se, it is a visual synopsis of an artist’s perspective.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF ELSA MARIE KEEFE
www.elsamariekeefe.com / @elsamariekeefe

IMAGE COURTESY OF TOMASZ FALL
www.tomaszfall.ch / @tomasz_fall

“From a series where I research esotericism and our relationship to what is beyond our comprehension.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF CHRISTINE MOOIJER
www.christinemooijer.nl / @christinemooijer

“Under Pressure is a series about striving to the American Dream but failing miserably. My generation – the millennial – is a very perfectionist one and we experience a lot of pressure to achieve great things. We can be anything we want to be but when you fail to achieve your goal it’s no-ones fault but your own. Theres a lot of depression, burn-outs, anxiety and other psychological complaints going around. The American Dream isn’t just an American concept, it’s a global one. But real life is messy and rusty and broken down and crying and having a breakdown on a bad day and having not just one bad day but 20 or 200. We should see more of those. Social media is such an awful way to communicate with each other. I’ve always wanted to go to Los Angeles and get my own American Dream, instead of being in the boring old Netherlands. Everything in Los Angeles I imagined is sunny and happy. Turns out it can even rain in LA.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF EMANUELE MOI
www.emanuelemoi-photography.com / @photophagos

“The photograph titled Suspended Animation is part of my project Wunderkammer – an exploration of symbols as vehicles for meanings, narratives and ambiguity. This image draws inspiration from Dutch still life paintings and plays with ideas of real and fake and the perpetration of life and beauty in death.”

IMAGE COURTESY OF ISABEL PINTO
www.isabelpintophotography.com / @IsabelPintoPhotography

“William and Dylan are boys from African parents that chose Portugal to live to give their children better school opportunities. It is hard to live in Portugal, comparing the quality levels of housing and salaries with fellow countries in Europe. For black Africans it is harder as job oportunities are still mostly very low paid – things like cleaning and construction now in very high demand under the new touristic boom in Portugal. Although Portuguese do not consider themselves racist they do react strangely if they see a black African with a higher standard of life – it is not uncomon that people would think something ilicit was behind it. As I see in most African countries, the key for keeping sane is an emotional state of togetherness and a strong comunity sense of belonging. I always wonder about that grounding, communal feeling so much diluted now days where ME is so much more prevelant than WE.”

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